I don't even know where to begin. On one hand, I'm thankful for Donald Sterling, he was the one who brought the team to Los Angeles. On the other hand, I despise him because he's the reason why the Clippers have been so terrible for the majority of their existence.
There really aren't many positives that go along with Sterling but I guess we can start with that:
He finally opened up his wallet and had the Clippers Training Facility built out in Playa Vista. Totally state of the art and they can finally have their own place where the players can practice whenever they want!
But before that, he started opening his wallet and finally started paying money for free agents!
I guess we'll get into the whole Baron Davis thing in a bit but it's still a positive that he was willing to spend money on players. This is the same guy who had a payroll of only 9 million dollars when the salary cap was 30 million.
THE NEGATIVES: 1. His racist comments and refusal to rent out to Blacks and Latinos:
"All the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean. And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day." Wow! Are you serious?!
Q: Sir, do you have any idea what a guaranteed contract is? A: No. Q: None? A. No... I really don't understand what the- what "guaranteed contracts" mean. I, I'm really not sure exactly what that means with relations to players".
So with that logic in his brain, he tries to get away with cutting coaches and not paying them and in the case of former Clipper coach Bob Weiss...
Q: How about Bob Weiss? Have you ever known him to lie? A: I don't know who he is.
Even though he sits courtside at every game, he still seems to have no idea how basketball is played. Speaking of which, I had the displeasure of sitting behind him during a Clippers' summer game in July of 2010
Is there hope?
It's tough to say. He probably doesn't want to give out any more big contracts thanks to the whole Baron Davis signing but he's got one of the most exciting players in Blake Griffin and a young team with unlimited potential. Also, the Clippers generate a lot of money, thanks to a loyal fanbase and a good marketing scheme (come to games! See the Clippers play all the best teams!), and the team doesn't have to pay all that much to share Staples Center.
So, there's no chance that he's selling the team even though he was once offered, ONE BILLION DOLLARS. That's right, no typos there.
So even though he's an evil man, he still owns the team that I love and root for. I'll live with it and hope for a championship one day aka apocalypse (sure it would cause the universe to collapse).
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Donald T. Sterling is an American real estate mogul, attorney, and the owner of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling acquired the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, and as of the 2008 rankings, the team is valued at $297 million by Forbes magazine ranking them twenty-fifth out of thirty teams.